About Vitamin D
What is Vitamin D?
An essential micronutrient found in oily fish, eggs, and fortified food products.
Why Take It?
To regulate many bodily functions such as calcium absorption.
Also supports the immune system, and keeps bones and muscles strong.
How Do We Get It?
There are two types of Vitamin D.
We get Vitamin D2 from plants, and Vitamin D3 from animal food sources and when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Fortified foods are also sources of Vitamin D.
Your Immunity With Outdoor Activities
Vitamin D is an important nutrient to maintain
a healthy immune system and keep bones strong.
Just 10-15* minutes of outdoor activities in the sun daily
can help boost your Vitamin D levels.
*Vitamin D deficiency – Singapore Medical Journal
Words of Wisdom
Here’s some health advice from our community advocates Brandon, Melissa, Munah and Paul, served with a side of Vitamin D.
Time with loved ones
"My grandma's health is important to me, especially now that she is getting older. She used to remind me to take my supplements, and now it's my turn to make sure she takes her dose of Vitamin D!"
"Having taken Vitamin D while I was pregnant with Noah, I now try to get my dose by taking him for walks in the park. It's so fun for us to be exploring the outdoors together."
A run to relax
"It's important for me to get some downtime, so I like to take a run outside to enjoy the sun. Keeping active helps me relax and is a great way to take a break from my hectic schedule."
Cooking with Mum
"My mum and I are really close and cooking together is one of the activities we both enjoy. I'm really lucky that she loves fish. Tuna and salmon served her way in a curry is so tasty."
Eat Well and Stay Healthy
Here are some foods rich in Vitamin D.
Cod liver oil,
1,360 IUs1 per serving
Milk, 2% milkfat,
Vitamin D fortified,
Ready-to-eat cereal, Vitamin D fortified,
Sardines2 (Atlantic), canned in oil,
drained, 2 sardines
Egg, 1 large
(Vitamin D is in
Tuna fish (light),
canned in water, drained, 3 ounces
1 International Units
2 Expectant mothers should limit to two meals of oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardine, tuna) per week due to presence of mercury
Vitamin D3 has been shown to be more effective
in raising overall Vitamin D level than Vitamin D2
Vitamin D3 supplements can help boost your Vitamin D intake.
Consult your doctor if you think you might be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency.